Transitional Thoughts

As I begin my transitional ministry with you (for one and hopefully two years), it’s an honor to serve on your ministry team during these times. As a member of the UUA Interim Ministry Guild I help congregations move through change to prepare for new possibilities. I am here to help the church navigate the transition following the death last September of your co-minister Mark, as well as support the task of dealing pastorally with the flooding disaster.  My portfolio includes:

  • Pastoral care, supporting our Lay Pastoral Ministry Team
  • Welcome and inclusion of guests and newcomers, creating a pathway to membership, supporting our Membership Committee
  • Increasing generosity to fund church ministries, supporting our Stewardship Team
  • Assisting in preaching to help maintain a consistent pulpit presence through the year

My first career was in corporate public relations and communications.  My journey in our faith began at First Unitarian Church of Dallas in the mid-1980s with my then-wife and two young children. It was that community that supported me and my family powerfully as I came out as gay. That journey intensified my calling to ministry in the mid-1990s.

Pursuing the practice of transitional ministry, I’ve served congregations as far north as Milwaukee and as far south as Houston (having served Bay Area UU Church here five years ago). Through that time I’ve grown passionate about stewardship, exploring the intersection of money and spirit. I recently worked in a fee-based fiduciary financial planning practice for one year. During that time my volunteer work included serving on the board of the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas that provided grief and loss support at no cost. Dallas is home base, where I keep up with my grown sons and their families, including five of the cutest grandchildren you’ve ever seen (except yours, of course) in Tyler and Fort Worth.

I have long admired the ministry of Becky and Mark, so I appreciate the opportunity to be here now with Becky and with you, as we walk together in ministry.